Buying

West must do more to stop China buying up technology, former U.K. spy chief says

The West needs to do more to stop China buying up strategic technology including companies such as British semiconductor chip designer Imagination Technologies, the former head of Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service said on Thursday.

The British government should seek every mechanism to prevent the removal of the technology base of Imagination Technologies to China, including seeking a Western buyer for the company, British lawmakers have said.

John Sawers, the chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, from 2009 to 2014, said China was seeking to expand its global clout, though it was not the same existential threat that the Soviet Union once was.

“I don’t think it’s an existential threat in the way the Soviet Union was in the Cold War but nevertheless there is going to be deep rivalry over control of technology,” Sawers told Sky. “We have more to do in the West to make sure

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Internet vs. Traditional Car Buying

  1. Call, email or text the dealership of your choice, ask for the internet sales manager and describe what you’re looking for. If the car is in stock, you’ll have a quote within a few minutes at a price that is more competitive than you’d get by walking into the dealership. At worst, you’ll have a reply email in an hour, but at least you can go about your business.
  2. Find the car you want on Edmunds and enter in your contact information where it’s indicated. You’ll receive discounted prices upfront, followed by a call from a salesperson.
  3. Find the car you want on a dealership website and enter your contact information. An internet salesperson will be in touch shortly after to send you the price quote.

A side note about the frequency of salesperson calls and emails you may receive if you shop via the internet: We know the calls

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Best Computer Buying Guide – Consumer Reports

Speed matters. Processors with multiple cores can process more data simultaneously, with four cores now increasingly common on laptops. Our ratings say how many cores a laptop’s processor has.

Clock speed, measured in gigahertz (GHz), along with the number of cores and other factors, determines how quickly a processor can process information. Many processors can up the speed a bit for a brief time to yield maximum performance. Generally, within a processor family, the higher the clock speed, the faster the processor. Clock speeds typically start at around 1 GHz for a mobile processor. Speeds can exceed 5 GHz for a desktop processor.

Power Consumption
Another important factor when choosing a processor, especially for laptops: Lower power consumption equals longer battery life.

If you’re looking for a very basic or budget computer to browse the web, email, and work on Office documents, basically every processor on the market should be

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